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E. coli Tainted Celery Onion Mix Recalled by Taylor Farms

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, CA, is recalling the products listed below because they may include celery which could potentially contain E. coli 0157:H7. The products listed below are being recalled out of an abundance of caution due to a Celery and Onion Diced Blend testing positive for E. coli 0157:H7 in a sample taken by the Montana Department of Health. The Celery and Onion Diced Blend tested by the state of Montana was used in a Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad that has been linked to a multi-state E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak.

Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Internal Item Code Product Description of Packaging Store Lot Codes Quantity Use By Date Stores Distributed
271820 Fresh To Go Bistro Snack 1/7.5oz Tray $4.29 Tray 7-Eleven TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 324, 326, 327, 328 2808 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv., Wa., Or., Co
240088 CST Celery 1/4″ Dice 8/5# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323 104 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Az., Nv., Ut., Wa.
240069 CST Celery Dcd 1/4″ 2/5# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 313, 314, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 324, 326, 327 29 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Wa., Or., Id.
240028 CST Celery Sticks 4″ 8/5# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 229 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Az., Nv., Ut., Wa., Il., Ga.
240063 CST Celery/Onion 1/4″ Dcd Blend 3/4# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323 1184 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Wa., Or., Id., Mt., Ut., Co.
202040 CST Turkey Dinner Veggie 6/12oz Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324 2170 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Wa., Or., Id., Mt., Ut., Co.
202241 TF Chicken Salad W/ Grapes 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit King Sooper TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 320, 321, 322, 324, 328 1106 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy.
203022 TF Curry Chicken 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit King Sooper TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 328 127 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy.
202139 TF-KS Apple Waldorf 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit King Sooper TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 320, 328 434 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy.
278902 Citizen Chef Pantry Buffalo Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Tray Tray Pantry TF 320, 321, 326, 327, 328, 329 129 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
278003 Citizen Chef Pantry Asian W/Chckn Premade Salad 10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Pantry TF 319, 320, 321, 322, 326, 327, 328 126 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
201428 Raley’s Albacore Tuna Salad Kit – 0595143 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 327 290 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca ,Nv.
270280 Raley’s Asian Pasta Toss 1/12oz Tray Premade Salad Raleys TF 313, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 327, 328 1748 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
201426 Raley’s Blue Cheese Potato&Bacon Salad – 0595129 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 324, 325, 327, 328 380 11/20/15 to 12/5/15 Ca.,Nv.
210397 Raley’s Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 324, 325, 326 90 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
271973 Raley’s Country Potato Salad 1/32oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 3006 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
271970 Raley’s Country Macaroni Salad 1/16oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 784 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
271971 Raley’s Country Macaroni Salad 1/32oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 2248 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
271972 Raley’s Country Potato Salad 1/16oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 3278 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
201675 Raley’s Crunchy Veggie Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327, 328 2005 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
210392 Raley’s Curry Chicken Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 326, 328 565 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201508 Raley’s Golden State Chicken Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 327 992 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201674 Raley’s Loaded Potato Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327, 328 1218 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201427 Raley’s Mandarin Orange Chinese W/Chicken Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 630 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201412 Raley’s Nob Hill Recovery Chicken Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327 70 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201480 Raley’s Old Fashion Salad W/Chicken – 0595254 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 320, 324, 325, 327 1031 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201433 Raley’s Seafood Salad – 0595077 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 327, 328 2260 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201359 Raley’s Thanksgiving Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327 570 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
271752 Raley’s Traditional Cornbread Stuffing 25oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 321, 322, 323 12558 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.,Nv.
271727 Raley’s Vegetable 1/3# Tray Tray Raleys TF 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 323, 324, 326, 327, 329 2218 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
271758 Raley’s Vegetable and Ranch Dip 1/27oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 315, 316, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327 931 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
270352 Savemart/FM/Lucky Buffalo Style Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Sandwich Wrap Savemart TF 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 327 603 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
270359 Savemart/FM/Lucky Fully Loaded Chopped Salad 1/10.5oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 327 377 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
270366 Savemart/FM/Lucky Greek Salad 1/10.5oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 327 386 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
270363 Savemart/FM/Lucky Southwest W/ Chicken Salad 1/9.5oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 327 576 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
200524 TF Sicilian Vegetable Salad 2Ct Kit Bulk Kit Savemart TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 322, 323, 327 53 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca
210160 TF Asian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart/ Tonys/ Albertsons TF 316, 317, 319, 320, 323, 327 700 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
279003 Sig Cafe Asian W/Chicken Premade Salad 10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Safeway / Albertsons TF 317, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 11222 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv., Or., Az., Nm., Wy., Sd., Ne.
203326 TF Crunchy Vegetables 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Albertsons TF 314, 316, 317, 320, 321, 327 155 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Or.
218858 Sig Cafe Asian W/Chicken Premade Salad 4/10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Albertsons TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 579 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
218871 Sig Cafe Thai Style W/ Chicken Premade Salad 4/12oz Tray Premade Salad Albertsons TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 539 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
203017 TF Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta 2Cnt Salad Bulk Kit Albertsons TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 327 535 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Or., Id., Ut., Mt.,Nv., Nd.. Wy.
203328 TF Crunchy Chinese Chicken Recovery 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Albertsons TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 327 425 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Or., Id., Ut., Mt.,Nv., Nd.. Wy.
215305 Sig Cafe Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway TF 313, 317, 320, 324, 325, 326, 328 298 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy., Sd., Ne.
203119 TF Apple Waldorf 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway/ Albertsons TF 314, 317, 321, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 208 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy., Sd., Ne., Or.
203136 TF Crunchy Pea 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway/ Albertsons TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 944 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Wa.,Or.,Id.
215350 Celery Slcd 1/2″ Diagonal 2/5# bags Food Service Bag Safeway TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 326, 327, 328 236 11/20/15 to 12/5/15 Ca., Nv.
270067 TF Buffalo Chicken Burrito 1/11oz Tray Tray Safeway TF 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 2439 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca., Nv.
279019 Sig Cafe Thai Style W/Chicken Premade Salad 12oz Tray Premade Salad Safeway TF 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 18727 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv., Or.
279028 Sig Cafe Sriracha W/Chicken Premade Salad 8.75oz Tray Premade Salad Safeway TF 317, 318, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 7721 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Co., Wy., Sd., Ne.,Ca., Nv.
203356 TF Chinese Style Chicken Recovery 2Ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 2119 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Nv., Wa., Or., Co., Wy., Sd., Ne.
218326 TF Fall Salad 2Cnt Kit Bulk Kit Safeway/ Albertsons TF 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 1049 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Nv., Or., Id., Ut., Mt.,Nv., Nd.. Wy.
270060 TF Buffalo Style Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Sleeve Safeway/ Vons TF 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 1118 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca., Nv.
270012 TF Chicken and Hummus Snack 1/7oz Tray Tray Vons TF 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 3098 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv.
218877 Sig Cafe Traditional Stuffing Premade 4/39oz Tray Tray Safeway/ Vons/ Albertsons TF 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 1174 11/20/15 to 11/29/15 Ca., Nv.
274026 SBUX Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Warm 7.7oz #11045014 Sandwich Starbucks TF 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 45133 11/20/15 to 11/28/15 Ca.,Or.,Nv.
204507 AF Asian Chopped Salad 6/9.6 oz Premade Salad Target TF 314, 316, 317, 318, 321, 322, 325, 326, 327 493 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
270205 AF Asian Style Chicken Salad 1/10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 1544 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
270201 AF Buffalo Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Tray Tray Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 687 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
270234 AF Café Buffalo-Style Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Tray Tray Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 113 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
204576 AF Ginger Stir Fry Vegetable Blend 4/14oz Tray Tray Target TF 314, 316, 317, 319, 321, 323, 324, 326, 328 35 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
270206 AF Thai Style Salad 1/12oz Tray Tray Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 1191 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
203304 TF Crunchy Chinese Chicken Recovery Salad Kit Bulk Kit Tonys TF 312, 315, 317, 319, 322, 324, 327, 328 705 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
210163 TF Italian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6.25oz Tray Premade Salad Tonys TF 313, 317, 321, 325 17 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
203403 TF Asian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6oz WM#554135639 Premade Salad Walmart TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326 2290 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
202055 TF Celery 3/8″ Diced 6/8.5oz Bag Food Service Bag Sams Club TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 324, 327, 328 590 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
203402 TF Italian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6.25oz WM#55413564 Premade Salad Walmart TF 313, 314, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 2229 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
203420 TF-WM Celery Sticks 4/8oz Tray WM#554390337 Tray Walmart TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 326, 328 150 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
203418 TF-WM Celery/Carrot Slims 4/10oz Tray WM#554390336 Tray Walmart TF 314, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 326, 328 200 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut., SD.,ND.,
203040 WM Chicken 1Ct Salad Kit WM#554561010 Bulk Kit Walmart TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 416 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut., SD.,ND.,
203045 WM Fruit Waldorf 1Ct Salad Kit WM#554561008 Bulk Kit Walmart TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 323, 324, 325, 327, 328 451 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut., SD.,ND.,

Only the products listed above are subject to this recall. This recall is being conducted in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Customers who have any recalled products are urged to discard the affected products.

Two with HUS – Kidney Failure – Linked to Costco Chicken Salad

index-small-mapCDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, and public health officials in several states are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections.

A total of 19 people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing STEC O157:H7 have been reported from 7 states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from states in the western United States. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

Among people for whom information is available, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 6, 2015 to November 3, 2015. Ill people range in age from 5 years to 84, with a median age of 18. Fifty-seven percent of ill people are female. Five (29%) people reported being hospitalized, and two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported..

The epidemiologic evidence available to investigators at this time suggests that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco stores is a likely source of this outbreak. The ongoing investigation has not identified what specific ingredient in the chicken salad is linked to illness.

State and local public health officials are interviewing ill people to obtain information about foods they might have eaten and other exposures in the week before their illness started. Fourteen (88%) of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco.

On November 20, 2015, Costco reported to public health officials that the company had removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from all stores in the United States and stopped further production of the product until further notice.

“Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” Recalled by Costco over E. coli Fears

“Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” from Costco has been connected with at least one case of E. coli O157:H7 in Washington. Consumers who purchased this product – item number 37719 – from any Washington Costco location should discard it.

The Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other western states, are investigating E. coli illnesses from chicken salad purchased from various Costco stores in late October. Washington has confirmed one case of E. coli O157:H7 from King County, who became ill in late October. This confirmed case was not hospitalized.

“We take E. coli very seriously in Washington,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, “and we are working with CDC and state partners to determine the source.”

Others states with confirmed E. coli cased linked to Costco chicken salad include Colorado, Montana, and Utah. In addition to CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Costco to determine the source of the contamination.

People who have eaten this product and feel ill should consult with their health care provider. If you have leftover product in your refrigerator or freezer do not eat it and discard the product. People usually get sick 2-8 days after getting E. coli. Only people who have symptoms should see a health care provider.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea – often bloody – and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in young children under five, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of HUS can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination. People who have these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. Antibiotics and antidiarrheal medicines should not be given unless E. coli is ruled out, since they may increase the risk of HUS in people with E. coli infections.

Reno Nevada E. coli Outbreak Solved

An E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak that sickened nearly two dozen people and prompted a popular south-Reno restaurant to voluntarily close has been linked to a dessert food manufactured, sold, and distributed by Reno Provisions according to Health District officials.

“Our epidemiologists and environmental health staff have identified a dessert that was prepared by Reno Provisions,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “Several people who ate at the Twisted Fork restaurant had the dessert, as did some other people outside the Reno area who then developed the E. coli infection. That commonality led investigators to the dessert supplier, and to tests of food and equipment at Reno Provisions,” Dick added.

Now that positive test results have identified a specific E. coli source, the Health District’s investigation has shifted focus from the restaurant to the manufacturer. The Health District confirms that all of the remaining desserts associated with the E. coli contaminations have been disposed of.

Since mid-October twenty-one confirmed and probable cases of E. coli 0157:H7 have been reported in Washoe County.  “The complete cooperation and engagement in the investigation that we received from Twisted Fork, and their decision to voluntarily close, were significant factors in identifying the E. coli source,” said Dick.

E. coli O26 Outbreak Numbers Hit 45 in 6 States

Forty-five people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported from 6 states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from Washington and Oregon. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26).

Among people for whom information is available, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 19, 2015 to November 8, 2015. Ill people range in age from 2 years to 94, with a median age of 22. Fifty-eight percent of ill people are female. Sixteen (36%) people reported being hospitalized. There have been no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome and no deaths.

The epidemiologic evidence available to investigators at this time suggests that a meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants at several states is a likely source of this outbreak. The investigation has not identified what specific food is linked to illness. Chipotle Mexican Grill is assisting public health officials with understanding the distribution of food items served at locations where ill people ate and this work is ongoing.

State and local public health officials are interviewing ill people to obtain information about foods they might have eaten and other exposures in the week before their illness started. Forty-three (96%) of 45 people interviewed reported eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant. The investigation is ongoing to identify common meal items or ingredients causing illness.

Chipotle E. coli Outbreak – New Numbers

On November 12, the CDC reported fifty ill people from Washington (31) and Oregon (19) from Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) infections. Fourteen people have been hospitalized in Washington (10) and Oregon (4) linked to Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington.

Today the CDC reported that Public health officials in Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota announced that that are continuing the investigation of an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) infections. CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are assisting with the investigation. As of November 17, 2015, 37 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported to CDC PulseNet from Washington (24) and Oregon (13). 13 of these people were hospitalized in Washington (9) and Oregon (4). Additional illnesses are under investigation by Washington and Oregon and will be reported if they are confirmed to be infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26.

There have been no reported infections with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 in Washington or Oregon since the Chipotle Mexican Grill locations closed in the Pacific Northwest on October 30, 2015. A search of the PulseNet database identified one person in Minnesota infected with STEC O26 that has the same DNA fingerprint as ill people in Washington and Oregon. This ill person did not eat at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before illness onset. Minnesota’s investigation is ongoing. The illness does not appear to be linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Washington and Oregon.

Washington and Oregon report that nearly all of the ill people ate at several locations of Chipotle Mexican Grill in those states before getting sick. The investigation is still ongoing to determine if the ill people ate a meal item or ingredient in common that was served at the Chipotle Mexican Grill locations. Chipotle Mexican Grill reopened its restaurants in Washington and in the Portland, Oregon area that had been closed in response to this investigation.

Chipotle Sickens 50 in Washington and Oregon with E. coli

Fifty ill people have been reported from Washington (31) and Oregon (19). Fourteen people have been hospitalized in Washington (10) and Oregon (4). There have been no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and no deaths.

Thirty-three isolates from ill people in Washington (22) and Oregon (11) have been uploaded to the CDC PulseNet database. All 33 people were infected with STEC O26 that has the same DNA fingerprint. Additionally, as reported on November 6, a search of the PulseNet database identified one person in Minnesota infected with STEC O26 that has the same DNA fingerprint. This ill person did not eat at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before illness onset. Minnesota’s investigation is ongoing. The illness does not appear to be related to the outbreak in Washington and Oregon linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in those states. Whole genome sequencing, an advanced laboratory technique, is being used to give investigators more information about the DNA fingerprint of the pathogen causing illnesses in Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota.

CDC and state and local public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance through PulseNet to identify additional ill persons and to interview them. Updates will be provided when more information is available.

The investigation is still ongoing to determine if the ill people ate a meal item or ingredient in common that was served at the Chipotle Mexican Grill locations. Several food items collected from Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in Washington and Oregon are being tested by FDA and Chipotle for the presence of bacteria. As of November 12, 2015, test results have not identified E. coli in any of the food items tested. Additional results are pending and will be reported once available.

49 Sick in Chipotle E. coli Outbreak

The case count in the investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O26 illnesses related to Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon includes 30 Washington residents and 19 Oregon residents.

Five Chipotle restaurants in Washington are associated with this outbreak: Hazel Dell, 7715 NE 5th Avenue, Suite 109, in Vancouver; 1404 Broadway Avenue and 4229 University Way NE in Seattle; 512 Ramsey Way 101 in Kent; and 1753 S. Burlington Blvd. in Burlington.

In Oregon 19 sick have been reported from Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Linn and Lane counties. Four people have been hospitalized and they range in age from 11 to 74. Associated Chipotle Restaurants: Cascade Station (9687 NE Cascades Pkwy), Washington Square (9120 SW Hall Blvd), Lake Oswego (8 Centerpointe Dr), Tanasbourne (2048 NW Stucki Ave), Sunnyside (Clackamas Town Center) and Gresham (2065 NE Burnside Rd).

41 with E. coli Likely Linked to Chipotle in Washington and Oregon

Public health officials in Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) infections. CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are assisting with the investigation. As of November 6, 2015:

  • 41 ill people have been reported from Washington (28) and Oregon (13).
  • 14 people have been hospitalized in Washington (10) and Oregon (4).
  • There have been no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and no deaths.

Laboratory testing is ongoing to determine the DNA fingerprint of the STEC O26 bacteria making people sick. These DNA fingerprints are uploaded to the CDC PulseNet database as they become available.

16 isolates from ill people in Washington (13) and Oregon (3) have been uploaded to the CDC PulseNet database. All 16 people were infected with STEC O26 that has the same DNA fingerprint. Laboratory testing is continuing.

A search of the PulseNet database identified one person in Minnesota infected with STEC O26 that has the same DNA fingerprint. This ill person did not eat at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before illness onset. Minnesota’s investigation is ongoing. At this time, the illness does not appear to be related to the outbreak in Washington and Oregon.

Washington and Oregon report that most of the ill people ate at several locations of Chipotle Mexican Grill in those states before getting sick.

The investigation is ongoing to determine if the ill people ate a common meal item or ingredient that was served at the Chipotle Mexican Grill locations.

More with E. coli from Chipotle

The investigation into an outbreak of E. coli O26 illnesses linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon is up to 29 reported Washington cases. The latest update includes a case in an additional county, Whatcom.

The Washington State Department of Health continues working closely with local, state, and federal partners on a disease investigation to learn the extent of the outbreak and possible sources of E. coli bacteria.

In Washington, residents of Clark (12), Cowlitz (3), Island (2), King (6), Skagit (5), and Whatcom (1) counties have been reported as outbreak cases. Nearly all of the 29 cases reported having been at Chipotle restaurants before getting sick. Eleven of the Washington residents were hospitalized. Cases range in age from 1-to-67.

There are five Washington restaurants associated with this outbreak: Hazel Dell, 7715 NE 5th Avenue, Suite 109, in Vancouver; 1404 Broadway Avenue and 4229 University Way NE in Seattle; 512 Ramsey Way 101 in Kent; and 1753 S. Burlington Blvd. in Burlington.

The Oregon Health Authority is reporting a total of 10 cases of Shiga toxin E. coli O26 linked to eating at Chipotle restaurants in the Portland Metro area, up from three cases that were first reported October 31.

Among the cases, three were hospitalized. People in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties, as well as Columbia, Benton and Deschutes counties have reported symptoms.

Five locations in Oregon are involved, all of them in the Portland metro area: Cascade Station at 9687 N.E. Cascades Parkway; Washington Square at 9120 S.W. Hall Blvd.; Lake Oswego at 8 Centerpointe Dr.; Tanasbourne at 2048 N.W. Stucki Ave., and Sunnyside in the Clackamas Town Center.